I’m really excited today for two reasons. Firstly tonight is the big night where I start my MusicEnglish classes in York. I’ve no idea if anyone will turn up yet but I’m hoping word gets around soon enough. I’ve been doing a big promotional push this week. Not through social media as you might expect but good old knocking on doors and talking to people. I’ve spent a lot of time in cafes, bars and libraries this week handing over my leaflets and business cards to people in places where I’d expect to find learners of English. I’m really starting to enjoy this I’m thrilled about the idea of taking the music back into the classroom where it came from in the first place. I’ve also got a few ideas lurking around on what is going to happen in class. I’ve been speaking to local musicians Plaster Knuckle and Glass Caves and have invited them to come into class and play some songs and talk about them with the students. I hope they agree that will be really great.
The second reason I’m excited this week is because on Friday I’m doing the first in a series of workshops on using songs in ELT. Even better, I’m going back to my old workplace – Leeds City College to talk about using songs with ESOL learners. So this afternoon I’m busy jotting down my song ideas for the session.
I remember a few years ago when I did my first teacher conference and I was feeling a bit anxious. I was with a representative from a publisher and she said to me
Don’t worry, if you are talking to teachers about teaching, they’ll love it
That is the best piece of advice I’ve ever been given about doing talks with teachers. Teachers want ideas, practical activities, materials and they want to imagine how they could work with their learners. And they also appreciate a glass of wine too, but this is a day session, so not likely for this one. I’ll let you know how I get on.